Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King, Volume 2

Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King, Volume 2

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by Katsuya Terada
     
 

The Monkey King is Asia''s greatest fantasy epic, the inspiration for everything from Dragon Ball to Saiyuki. But the legend has never been more brutal, more barbaric, more beautiful, than in Katsuya Terada''s The Monkey King Volume 2!

After a seven-year hiatus, Katsuya Terada, one of Japan''s most sought-after commercial illustrators, returns to his adaptation

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The Monkey King is Asia''s greatest fantasy epic, the inspiration for everything from Dragon Ball to Saiyuki. But the legend has never been more brutal, more barbaric, more beautiful, than in Katsuya Terada''s The Monkey King Volume 2!

After a seven-year hiatus, Katsuya Terada, one of Japan''s most sought-after commercial illustrators, returns to his adaptation of the saga with The Monkey King Volume 2. A rare example of a manga painted entirely in full color, The Monkey King is the epic of Goku, a savage ape once imprisoned by Lord Buddha himself, but now freed by the monk Sanzo to serve as his bodyguard on a journey to the West . . . across a wasteland filled with weird, violent, and sexy demons!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595829245
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
The ape sleeps! He sleeps!  Here’s the problem: this story “Journey to the West” is so ancient and well known that it evidently requires no explanation whatsoever. Being a westerner, I find myself grasping at plot threads trying desperately to assemble a complete and chronological story in my head. In this I failed. The afterword makes some attempt to explain, it helps, but not enough. WARNING: Readers expecting a complete story unto itself may be frustrated by this. Since I love mysteries anyway, I rolled with it and thoroughly enjoyed this sumptuously illustrated epic. Each chapter is only a few pages long and ends with an excerpt from the chinese classic novel it’s inspired from (I’m reasonably certain that’s what’s happening).  Even though the main narrative is almost inscrutable to me, if I’m to be honest, the main reason I read any comic is because of the artwork, and this one is no slouch. I don’t know how much time Terada spent painting each and every panel, but this whole thing is one amazing piece of art. For that alone it deserves to be in my collection, but it has also done what no other graphic novel has: intrigued me enough to make me want to track down the original source material and read it. Perhaps that was the point all along? This is a beautiful piece of work and deserves to be admired, possibly just as much as “Journey to the West”, one of the four classics of chinese literature it’s based on.